Edinburgh Evening News, 25th September 2002
(not our best review, but we've got to include them all!)
Showcase of talent finally hits the right note
Celebration! Church Hill Theatre
THERES no escaping the fact that the motivation behind Showcase Musical Productions
show is a good one.
Its now 12 years since the first fund-raising production, and this one should see
the organisers top the £100,000 mark for Macmillan Cancer Relief.
The extensive collection of numbers in the show revolve around the theme of celebration,
acknowledging the anniversaries of such luminaries as Bob Fosse, Madonna and Richard
Rogers. And like the show itself, thats quite a mix.
While the musicians are first class and the costumes are superb, it takes more than brass,
strings and sequins to lift a production.
Most people would consider the Bob Fosse opening rather weak, with the company timid and
uncertain of themselves. However, the Disney selection benefits from a much stronger
opening, but then the Madonna medley does little to inject any sparkle into the
production. However, things pick up considerably in the second half. The company find
their feet and are growing in confidence as they rattle through the Richard Rodgers
selection - unfortunately, with numerous sound problems in hot pursuit.
The audience now begin to appreciate some of the better voices in the cast. Leah Feltham
holds the audience attention, as does Ian Hunter and Robert Walker among others. And for a
while we gain glimpses of real talent.